Environment and Nature
Ways you can best choose where your charitable holiday dollars go
Showing your loved ones that you care by making a charitable gift in their name resonates with the true holiday spirit of giving. But with so many options to choose from, where do you start your search for the right charity?
Sorted by sector the Charity 100 provides a helpful overview to get started with charitable gift giving. Choose your sector and find out which charity will spend your money most effectively.
Make sure your charity of choice is registered
A good first step in choosing where to give is a visit the Canada Revenue Agency’s website (www.cra.gc.ca). Here, you can check if the organization you’re interested in is registered until the Income Tax Act, meaning it’s a recognized Canadian charity.
Give your charity a boost. And old electronics the boot.
We know about Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Now there’s Giving Tuesday, kicking off a season of warmth and joy that can lead right into the New Year and the hope of new beginnings.
This year alone, over $120,000 in collection fees were paid out to church groups, shelters, or schools who used the monies to raise support to important local causes—while helping to divert out-of-use electronics from landfill.
This year, Recycle Your Electronics, operated by Ontario Electronic Stewardship (OES), is proud to be a Giving Tuesday partner, and encouraging residents and businesses alike to give back by hosting e-waste collection events for fundraising.
Make calendars more than a stocking stuffer this year
"This is a great way to share your commitment to conservation. Plus, the calendar may provide an inspiration for your next Canadian nature adventure!"
- Crystal Folkins, Nature Conservancy of Canada
Many of us are guilty of the impulsive calendar purchase at the pop-up mall stand over the holidays. And once the purchase is made, it’s often difficult to decide which lucky friend or family member will get to unwrap it this year. While this popular holiday gift has evolved into a rather stale tradition, here are a few ways to integrate thoughtfulness and creativity into this somewhat Plain Jane agenda.
Make this winter season a meaningful one
Your interest in winter wildlife doesn’t have to end there. The Nature Conservancy of Canada is giving Canadians an opportunity to turn their admiration for animals like the snowy owl into a meaningful gift this holiday season.
As the leaves begin to fall and raindrops become snowflakes, it’s harder – or at least a bit less desirable – to seek outdoor activities and make the most of the winter. This frosty season, get in touch with your inner explorer and try winter birding. Throw on some extra layers (wind and water-proof), find a field guide at your local library or bookstore and head on out.
Five ways to face the frost this winter
Warm up your long johns and dust off your snow shovel because winter is moving in. Just because the weather is making some changes, don’t avoid it, embrace it. There are lots of ways to spend your time throughout this chilly season, so here’s five to help you get started – for every kind of winter personality.
This winter, try volunteering with a local organization that offers outdoor opportunities. The Nature Conservancy of Canada is hosting winter conservation volunteer events across the country.
For the snow-pros
Think of bats a bit differently this Halloween!
"The maternal roosting colony is the Achilles Heel of a bat population... If a colony is disturbed too many times the roost could be abandoned."
- Todd Carnahan, Habitat Acquisition Trust and Trudy Chatwin
Ghouls and goblins are typically the spookiest supernatural subjects approaching October 31; and rightfully so. They’re ooey and gooey – they’ve definitely earned their eerie reputation. But there’s one common Halloween creature has unjustly been brought to scary status, and that’s the bat.
How to winter-proof your home
Seal cracks in outside walls and foundations. Ensure windows, doors and roof openings (i.e. skylight) have proper weather stripping. Also, make sure that your roof is in good condition before the snow arrives.
Winter can provide a much-needed respite from the sweltering summer temperatures, but it can also bring severe storms which can cause havoc on your home and cost a lot of money in repairs.
Celebrate National Forests Week – Why Canadian Forests Matter
“We want to ensure that Canada’s incredible forests will be here for our children and grandchildren to cherish in years to come.”
- John Lounds, President and CEO of the Nature Conservancy of Canada
Canadians have a significant appreciation for our country’s picturesque natural landscapes and rich biodiversity. The beaver on our nickel, the maple leaf in our flag; Canada’s national identity has always reflected a meaningful connection to nature.
Unwind from school with nature
Summer is out and school is in; a phrase hardly celebrated by those heading back to class this fall. Thankfully weekends exist; two days a week free for family time. And what better way to unwind with your family, than spending time in nature? After all, some say fresh air and open spaces might be just what you need to be successful throughout school year.
Insects and your garden: The good, the bad and the ugly.
We spend a lot of time during the summer months avoiding insects such as mosquitoes and black flies but when it comes to gardening, some insects are actually beneficial. Don't worry though, the good bugs for your plants are usually not the same ones that are most bothersome to humans.